Climbs 170
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 380m a.s.l
Faces SW

Sam Whittaker on Scoop de Grace, E5 7a/ highball font 7c, Running Hill Pits © Adam Long

Crag features

A collection of small (6 - 16m high) quarries in a high moorland setting offering good evening climbing. Well worth a visit. A mixture of fine steep cracks and 'blank' slabs, above grassy landings on good rock. Green and wet early in the year. Best routes are Plum Line (VS 4c), Weaver's Wall (E3 5b), Harvest Moon/Spannaer Wall (E3 6b) and Calamity Crack (E4 6a).

Approach notes

From Uppermill on the A670 (SE 998058) head NE along minor road to limited parking at 'crossroads' (SE 012067). Follow track ahead to the first quarry in 20 mins. Careful with dogs, please keep on lead.

Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
I went there today and the 8th and 7th quarry's lie behind a gate signed PRIVATE LAND. I accessed the 8th via Western Grit description i.e. over the fence at the (2nd) style so I'd unknowingly trespassed! Further to this: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/viewcrag.aspx?id=1004
jules699 - 07/May/13
hi matthew none of my friends have had any issues either but according to a friend the BMC have said its out of bounds cause of people camping and leaving litter about. They're trying to get an access officer to pursuade the farmer to let climbers continue using the quarrys. If i hear anything else ill post it up on here :).
ClimbingMonkee - 18/Apr/12
@climbingmonkee i've been climbing here for a couple of years ans i've never had any access issues or seen any landowners. has anyone else had any issues here?
Matthew reid - 17/Apr/12
i went up today for a few hours of climbing. I had just finished setting up when along came a farmer and gave me a load of grief for apparently tresspassing. I decided to pack up my gear before it went further just thought id warn you all its NOT worth the trouble!!!
ClimbingMonkee - 13/Apr/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  First Quarry
2 Spider Crack HVS 5c  
3 Nora Batty E1 6a * 6
4 Compo's Advance f6B+ * 2
5 Acarpous E2 5b 1
6 Maquis E1 5b * 18
7 Flush Pipe E1 5c 2
8 Gull-wing E2 5c * 6
9 Mimosa E2 5c 10
10 Have a little Hope. E5 6b/c * 2
11 Calamity Crack E4 6a *** 18
12 Gargantua E1 5b ** 12
13 Godzilla E3 6a  
14 Kaptain Klepton E1 5c *  
15 Mickey Thin HVS 5a ** 24
16 It Only Takes Two to Tango E2 5b * 3
17 Flue Pipe E1 5c  
  Second (Spanner) Quarry
19 Tighten Up Yer Nuts E4 6a * 6
20 Iguanodon E5 6b ** 6
21 The Nunkeys Ningers Start f7B * 1
22 Velociraptor VS 5a * 3
23 Folies Bergeres HS 4b 44
24 Lolita HS 4b 44
25 Harvest Moon E4 6b ** 10
26 The Connection E4 6b *** 8
27 Spanner Wall E2 5b ** 86
28 Spanner Eyes E4 6c * 1
29 Dead Dog Crack VS 4c * 101
30 Cave Crack VS 4c * 44
31 Midsummer S 4a 39
32 Hazy Groove VD 30
33 The Cracks S 4a 61
34 Breakdown HVS 5b 38
35 Leave My Nuts alone
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HVS 5a 2
36 Yorick's Crack E5 6c ** 1
37 Adrenaline Run E6 6a 1
38 Surgical Spirit E6 6b 1
39 Overhanging Chimney VS 4c 2
40 Sagittarius Flake E5 6b ** 25
41 Scoop de Grace E5 7a *** 2
42 Phaestus E5 5c * 17
43 Windbreaker E2 5b * 59
44 Cochybondhu E2 5c * 35
45 Kneepad HVS 5b 1
46 Elfin Edge f4+ 10
47 Crosstie VS 5a 24
48 The Mechanic E2 5c 1
49 Pipe Spanner E1 5c * 20
50 Pipe Inspector E3 5c 5
51 Groove-V Baby VS 4c * 51
52 Dusty Arete D * 39
53 Midgebite Express E3 6a  
54 Sardonicus
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HVS 5b  
55 William the Conkerer E1 5b  
56 Paradise Crack HS 4b 4
57 Cameo VS 4c 7
58 Riddler HVS 5a * 7
59 Pantagruel HVS 5a * 44
60 Mangled Digit E3 6a ** 59
61 Plumb Line VS 4c *** 258
62 Passport to the Pits E5 6b 1
63 Grot Groove VD 6
64 Liquor, Loose Women and Double Cross E5 6b 2
65 Sodom HVS 5c ** 95
66 Gomorrah E1 5b * 137
67 Breakin' for a Bogey E6 6c  
68 Cosmic Enforcer E2 5c 5
69 Unctuous S 4c 44
  Third Quarry
71 Parallel Cracks HVD 10
72 The Arete HD 10
73 Fingers E2 5b  
74 Chrissy
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VD 6
75 Stella Night's Dream (aka Pygmy ArĂȘte) E1 5a * 1
76 Overhanging Crack
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E1 5b  
77 Jammer MVS 4b 4
78 The Wall
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VD 5
  Fourth (Back) Quarry
80 Left Back
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VS 4c 2
81 Talk Back
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VS 4c 1
82 Fall Back
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E1 5b *  
83 Crack Back
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HVS 5b  
84 English Wipeout
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E3 5b 2
85 String
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VS 4b 1
86 The Bow
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VS 4c 1
87 Combo
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VS 5a 1
88 Gnome Slabbe
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MVS 5a 1
89 Alas Poor Yorick
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VS 5a 1
90 Development
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E1 5b 1
91 Rain Stopped Play
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VS 4c 4
92 Presence
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E1 6a * 2
93 Yawnsville
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HVS 5c  
94 Diagonal Agony
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E2 6b  
95 Crimson Copulation
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E2 6a *  
96 For a Few Daggers More
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E2 6a * 2
  Fifth Quarry
98 Swing-up HS 4b 13
99 Yarn Spinner E4 6c ** 4
100 Weaver's Wall E2 5b ** 59
101 Weaver's Crack HS 4b * 47
102 Norah Batty S 4a 19
103 The Virgin VD 34
104 Cool Fool VS 4c 34
105 Kiss My Arm VS 4c 2
106 Hardy
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MVS 4c  
107 Flake Crack
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VS 4c 6
108 Flaky
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HS 4b 9
109 Get Rhythm Direct Start f7A+ * 2
110 Get Rhythm E5 6b * 3
111 Grotty Crack
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E1 5c 1
  Sixth (Pot Hole) Quarry
113 Reachy VS 5b 19
114 Bingo Bango E1 5b * 12
115 Intro Wall HS 4b 75
116 Summary HVS 5b 26
117 Seconds VS 4c 23
118 Matthew's Crack V2 5c 6
119 Tower Chimney HVS 5a * 4
120 Central Tower
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E1 5a 2
121 P.C.1
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MVS 4c  
122 Parallax E3 6a 2
123 Sticky Fingers E1 5b 1
124 Widfa HVS 5a 2
125 Sunstroke Groove
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f6A+ 2
126 Sunstroke HVS 5b * 14
127 Cosmo Smallpiece E1 6a * 6
128 Puffin HS 4b 13
129 Razorbill f6A 4
130 Delicate Wall HS 5a 14
131 White Honkey VS 5a 5
132 Pocket Watch f6B 3
133 The Corner VS 4c 2
134 The Jolly Green Giant E1 5c * 1
  Seventh Quarry
136 Little Wall
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HVD 2
137 Sequa
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HVD 2
138 Quase
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M 1
139 Green Wall
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VS 4c 1
140 Outswing
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HS 1
141 Topspin
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HS 4b 1
142 Inswing
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HS 4b 1
143 Hipuri
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VS 4c 1
144 Ruhipi
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HVS 5b 1
145 Life Begins At Forty
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E2 5b  
146 Iphiur
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HVS 4c  
147 Corner Climb
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S 1
148 Drop Out
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HVS 5a  
149 Square Corner
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HS 1
150 Cornflake
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VD 2
151 Blue Riband
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VS 5a  
152 Doria
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E2 5c  
153 Lydia
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E1 5b *  
154 Wile
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S 1
155 Twin trip
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VS 4c 1
156 Night
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VS 4b 1
157 Shift
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VS 4c  
  Eighth Quarry
159 Firefly HVS 6a 12
160 Duckdoo S 4b 40
161 Axminister
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f4+ * 15
162 A Fist Full of Daggers E2 6b * 11
163 Deliver Us From Evil HVS 5b * 15
164 Black Watch VS 4c 15
165 Talliot HVS 5b 8
166 Eye-catcher HVS 5b 2
167 Repetition E1 5c  
168 Fall Guy E1 5c  
169 Chew Grit VS 4b 3
170 A Day Too Late f6A 5c 1
171 The Groove f7B * 1
172 Legacy f4 4
173 Chalkie f4 25
174 Tomintool f5 22
175 Tominfourl f5+ 5c 6
176 Wind Chill E1 6a  
177 Bulge Buddy V2 1
178 Pit Racer V4 1

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